Here I am at last at 10.45 on Sunday night so I'll keep it brief. I did appreciate the tisane and I have been thinking of you and Back to the Drawing Board in my precious few moments of brain space. The Dephic Oracle's 'Know Thyself' is never more true than at the moment. I had an exceptionally busy end of week, cranking up to 6 periods on Friday and 4 hours talking to parents of students I didn't yet know on Thursday evening. Needless to say Friday night and the weekend have been given over to minimal auditory and visual stimulation while I charge my batteries for this week. I've been taming my home space with some plants and other embellishments to make it into my place and going for long walks up hill and down dale. My situation is really lovely with fantastic views over the harbour, sea and the town belt. I feel very fortunate. Looking forward to a visit from you.
I have raised the issue of e-portfolios with our IT guys (in particular the Mac expert) and he (and my HOD) would be delighted to see our department, or some of it, moving in this direction. At a staff meeting on Tues we were discussing the direction that the school's IT focus should be moving and I thought it was the ideal time to mention MyPortfolio. I also said I could recommend the ideal person to come and give us the PD. Schoolwide, I don't think it'll happen immediately as don't forget this is Mainland cheese country, but I'm hopeful that it will sometime this year. Once I feel I'm recovering from information overload, nudge me from time to time and we could even look at a bit of virtual PD to get at least some of my classes developing portfolios.
Thanks for the Virtues of Uncertainty clip. I have what must be an earlier version because mine isn't exactly the same. Actually I gave it to my HOD to read last week! It summarises very well where he's coming from and there are the Magnificent 8 qualities up in lights. I'm looking forward to discussing some of these things with my students.
They are lovely, by the way. It is an environment which is conducive to learning, with smallish classes and everyone with their own laptop. There is an ambiance of mutual respect so I don't anticipate that there will be a lot of classroom management issues.
Now to answer your questions. That's a good way of guaranteeing a response from me!!
What was the best aspect of you first week?
I felt very positive about it.